UN Court Orders Israel To Stop Inciting Genocide In Gaza
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations’ highest judicial organ, has ordered Israel to take measures to prevent and punish any direct incitement to genocide during its ongoing conflict in Gaza.
The court ruled that Israel must prevent acts of genocide defined as destroying a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.
The order came as a result of a major ruling, in which a large majority of the 17-judge panel of the ICJ voted for urgent measures that covered most of what South Africa requested – and it was notable that the court did not order Israel to stop its military action in Gaza.
Israel could not object to South Africa’s standing, Presiding Judge Joan Donoghue said – adding that any party to the Genocide Convention could bring a case against another state.
South Africa had standing to submit the dispute with Israel concerning alleged violations of obligations under the convention, she said.
What are the provisional measures issued by the court?
- Israel must take all measures to prevent any acts that could be considered as genocidal – killing members of a group, causing bodily harm, inflicting conditions that could bring about the destruction of a group or preventing births
- Israel must ensure that its military does not commit any genocidal acts
- Israel must prevent and punish any public comments that could be considered as incitement to commit genocide in Gaza
- Israel must take measures to ensure humanitarian access
- Israel must prevent any destruction of evidence that could help for the genocide case
- Israel must submit a report to the court within one month of this order
What This Means For You
This order by the ICJ is a significant development in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza, which has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of people.
It shows that the international community is concerned about the possibility of genocide in Gaza, and that it is willing to hold Israel accountable for its actions under international law.
It also gives hope to the people of Gaza, who have been suffering from the effects of war, blockade, and occupation for decades, that their rights and dignity will be respected and protected.
Israel has rejected the ICJ as politically motivated and biased. However, the order is still a powerful moral and legal statement that could have implications for the future of the region and the world.
It is now up to the international community, and especially the parties to the Genocide Convention, to ensure that the order is implemented and that genocide in Gaza is stopped.
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